James Moodie (c.1645 - 1725)

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Death: Died
Cause of death: murdered
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About James Moodie

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'A concise history of Port Beaufort & White Sands (also known as Witsand) including Family Trees White Sands & Port Beaufort' by John McGregor

http://archive.org/stream/moodiebookbeing00ruvi#page/n7/mode/2up (pp34-41):

Seventh Laird of Melsetter, Capt R.N., J.P., uncle and heir male of the sixth Laird.

  • Entered the Royal Navy in 1661, at 16 years of age;
  • 10 Oct 1688 appointed First Lieutenant of the 'York';
  • 14 April 1690 promoted to the command of the 'Hound', fireship;
  • 1693 commanded the 'Wolf', hired ship of war;
  • 1695 promoted to be captain of the 'Yarmouth'
  • appointed Commodore of a squadron consisting of eight ships of war and two fireships sent as convoy to the Turkey Fleet;
  • 1696-7 returned to England;
  • 1702 - appointed to the command of the 'Torbay' and sent on the expedition against Cadiz during which he was wounded by a cannon ball which took away part of his thigh; returned to England and 'retired' (due to the injury) for a short time;
  • 1707 - commanded the 'Lancaster' (Mediterranean Fleet); relieved besieged Denia (with a number of sailors dressed in soldiers' uniforms). A very grateful King Charles (later Emperor Charles VI) of Austria wrote a letter of appreciation to Queen Anne acknowledging the services of Capt Moodie.
  • 1708 - Commodore of a small squadron (3 vessels) patrolling off the Streights [Gibraltar], and then on to Barcelona;
  • 1717- commanded the 'Yarmouth' in the Baltic; after quitting this vessel he appears to have retired altogether from the Naval Service.

In 1714 he had purchased the estates of his nephew in Orkney using prize money earned during more than 60 years service in the Royal Navy; said nephew was a strong Jacobite, while Capt Moodie was a strong Hanoverian (he had commanded the vessel which conveyed the Elector George (later King George I) to England.

He married, firstly, a daughter of the Earl of Morton by whom he had at least 2 sons:

  • John Moodie, Younger of Melsetter, dead before 1718;
  • Sir James Moodie, Younger of Melsetter, M.P. for Orkney and Shetland 2 March 1715 to 10 March 1722, and one of the Commissioners for Army Accounts; he died before 1723.

Capt Moodie married, secondly, Christian, widow of William Ballenden of Stenness, daughter and heiress of Alexander Crawford of Kerse, Ayrshire, by his wife the Hon Christian, younger daughter and eventual co-heir of Jmes (McGill), 1st Viscount Oxenford, and had further issue:

  • Benjamin Moodie, his successor.

26 October 1725 he was murdered in Kirkwall Broad Street after being shot by Sir James Stewart of Burray; he died of his wounds 8 or 9 days later. His will was proved 10 February 1727.


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